Families and Childhood Transitions Study (FACTS)

Project Details

Families and Childhood Transitions Study (FACTS): 2013 - 2016
Results from our other projects demonstrated that family processes are related to brain development during adolescence. The aim of FACTS is to investigate these issues during the crucial transition from late childhood to early adolescence. Late childhood marks the first stages of a wave of brain growth, second only to infancy in significance. In this study, we will focus on the effects of both aversive and positive parenting, in socially disadvantaged families, on the development of key neurobiological systems in children from 8 to 10 years old using a longitudinal design. This research will allow us to examine if family environments influence children's brain development during the transition to adolescence.


A/Prof Sarah Whittle, Investigator
Dr Julian Simmons, Investigator
Dr Orli Schwartz, Investigator
Prof Nick Allen, Investigator
Dr Lisa Sheeber, Investigator
Dr Marie Yap, Investigator
Dr Nandita Vijayakumar, Project Manager (2014-2015)
Dr Michelle Byrne, Project Manager (2014)
Elena Pozzi, student (PhD)
Camille Deane, sudent (PhD)
Kate Bray, student (MPsych/PhD)
Sally Richmond, student (MPsych/PhD)
Jesse Smith, student (MPsych/PhD)


  • Monash University


  • ARC

Research Group

Melbourne Neuropsychiatry Centre Research

Faculty Research Themes

Child Health

School Research Themes

Child Health in Medicine, Neuroscience and Psychiatry

Key Contact

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Department / Centre